Catching Up

President Barack Obama with a three-year-old relative of Rosa Parks after unveiling a statue in her honor

Reminded me of:



This evening:

7:30: President Obama delivers remarks at the Business Council dinner and answer questions, Park Hyatt Hotel, Washington, DC (Pooled Press for Remarks)




Just catching up with reaction to what Scalia said today. Absolutely stunning. More in the morning, just a few snippets:

ThinkProgress: There were audible gasps in the Supreme Court’s lawyers’ lounge, where audio of the oral argument is pumped in for members of the Supreme Court bar, when Justice Antonin Scalia offered his assessment of a key provision of the Voting Rights Act. He called it a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

….It should be noted that even one of Scalia’s fellow justices felt the need to call out his remark. Justice Sotomayor asked the attorney challenging the Voting Right Act whether he thought voting rights are a racial entitlement as soon as he took the podium for rebuttal.

Full post here


Charles Pierce: …. Sotomayor, for whom this seems very, very personal, made an argument from history that discrimination is an infinitely mutable thing and that, as soon as you find a remedy for one form of it, human ingenuity will devise three new ones…..

……it was hard not to go back to Florida, and to all the people I met who were waiting in line for six and seven hours to vote because the state had deliberately enacted policies to make it more difficult. Those policies were discriminatory. The people enacting them knew exactly what they were doing. They knew who those policies were aimed at as surely as did the county registrars administering the literacy tests did back in 1965…..

Full post here


Greg Sargent: Judging by all the early reporting on the first round of Supreme Court arguments about a key section of the Voting Rights Act, that provision may be in real peril. Conservative justices expressed sharp skepticism of the law, with much attention being paid to Antonin Scalia’s description of it as a “perpetuation of racial entitlement.”

…. all may not be lost. That’s because proponents of the Voting Rights Act are focused mainly on holding on to Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Full post here



Steve Benen: I’m beginning to think an infectious disease is spreading in the nation’s capital. Symptoms include memory loss (forgetting everything Republicans have done in recent years), blurred vision (an inability to see obvious GOP ploys), and an uncontrollable urge to blame “both sides” for everything, even when it doesn’t make any sense.

The disease has already affected pundits like Bob Woodward, Ron Fournier, David Brooks, nearly everyone on the network Sunday shows, and today reaches the editorial board of the Washington Post. Indeed, the Post’s editors seem to have come down with an especially acute case today, as evidenced this bang-your-head-against-your-desk editorial on the sequester, which cavalierly ignores the paper’s own reporting, and demands that President Obama “lead” by somehow getting congressional Republicans to be more responsible.

Full post here



President Barack Obama talks with Congressional leaders prior to the Rosa Parks statue unveiling ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Feb. 27, 2013. Pictured, from left, are: Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Assistant Democratic Leader Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C.; Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; and House Minority Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


First lady Michelle Obama at a “Let’s Move!” event in Clinton, Miss.

… with Rachael Ray

More in the morning

107 Responses to “Catching Up”

  1. 7 Proud Former White House Intern
    February 27, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Caught up

  2. February 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Wow! Just turn my back for a minute, and everything happens! Whew. Thanks so much for all the info and news, Ms Chips, don’t know what we would do without you!

  3. 10 japa21
    February 27, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Evening all. Well today has certainly been an interesting day. If nothing else, it shows why we need a Democrat in the WH in perpituity (sp?). We can’t afford to ever have a Republican President getting to nominate SC justices again. Even if the VRA is upheld, and I am not giving up hope yet, we have to keep reactionary people as well as incomptent people like Scalia off the bench. I am not saying they all need to be raving progressives, but at least people who aren’t as blatantly racist as Scalia obviously is.
    At the same time, we need to avoid being distracted from other items, such as fiscal responsibility, gun control, VAWA, abd all the other things on our plate. A basic Republican strategy, if they feel they are in trouble on one issue, like gun control, is to bring up another issue and hope people forget the first one. Well, we will not forget.

  4. 14 Dudette
    February 27, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Good evening Friends! Lots of stuff happening today. Boy, have I got a lot of catching up to do!

  5. February 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Congrats carolmaewy!! You’re streaking again…. Just got home from BIO lab, freeeeeeeeeeeee till Suday. I find out if my CPU is gonna get the “Office Space” treatment tomorrow. One way or another looking forward to finding out!

  6. 19 japa21
    February 27, 2013 at 6:34 pm

  7. February 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Wide ranging interview by our beloved VP in Field & Stream magaizine on gun control policies…

  8. 25 anniebella
    February 27, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Thanks for the pictures of FLOTUS. That color looks lovely on her. Is there any video of the event in Mississippi.

  9. February 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    What a precious little boy!

  10. February 27, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    A very flattering article about Mrs.Obama, from an unexpected source…

  11. February 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Scalia – the Tea Party Justice! That man is awful to the core!

  12. 31 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Despite Scalia’s ugliness, as they say, “keep hope alive.”

  13. 34 Vicki
    February 27, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    The sequester is the self-inflicted wound PBO described.

    Couldn’t anyone see when they agreed to this in 2011 that the Worst Case Scenario could happen?
    Did the Dems really think there were lengths to which the GOP wouldn’t go?

    Indiana has already withheld unemployment insurance. A many as 1,000,00 jobs may be lost.

    If anyone here can cheer me up, please do.

    • 35 hgerhard
      February 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      It certainly looks like the sequester will be reality very soon. But I have not lost hope. I can foresee the consequences taking shape, and that’s when the Republicans will get an earful from their constituents. It’s an unfortunate truth that lots of people will not become engaged until the worst has happened. As long as the sequester is something that may or may not happen, only activists take note of the impending disaster and put pressure on Congress. But let the pink slips accumulate and the outrage will overwhelm the Congressional phones and websites. The President has been firm and clear: this is all about closing loopholes available to the wealthy and the well-connected. It’s not something that Republicans consider part of their unbreakable principles – Speaker Boehner has offered these same tax reforms before. So there is no good reason that they should let the country go down this disastrous path now. There are a growing number of Republicans that want to compromise and eventually they will silence the Tea Party segment, especially after a huge public outcry. It would be helpful if the media were more informative about the real situation regarding the deficit (getting smaller under President Obama) and would initiate a broader discussion about deficits and debt and the tax reforms that will help. That’s were Organizing for Action will come in: we have to be the new media, using all available avenues to start that discussion.

      • 36 Vicki
        February 27, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        Thank you, hgerhard. I feel a bit better.
        And your points are exactly right: why is the shrinking deficit not news? Why are the GOPTP allowed to endlessly whine about cutting spending and cutting the deficit when those are the Wrong things to be focusing on?

        After the pain is widespread and people are suffering only then there will be corrective action.

        Pain and suffering…
        All for keeping loopholes that benefit the wealthy in place!!!

  14. 37 cookemom
    February 27, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    The crazy, it is mind boggling. Evidently, the Club For Growth has a new website up called Primary My Congressman. Fer gosh sakes, they want more RWNJs to win the primaries. Haven’t they learned anything from the last votes? Oh welll, unless it’s a gerrymandered district, this is good news for our side. If it is a gerrymandered district, then it won’t matter, a nut is a nut, is a nut.

  15. 38 vcprezofan2
    February 27, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Chips, You made it in while my back was turned! I don’t mind this time however, as I was collecting vital information for my continued health – like the fact that I’ll need to take a week off from TODville starting March 10 (when two overly intense TODobots will likely bring their confrontation to the village).

  16. 39 carolyn
    February 27, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I decided to find out who appointed Scalia…Reagan did! One more disastrous result of his presidency. We blame GWB for so much, which we should, but this poison started with Reagan, and we should never forget it. Reagan was a very poor president, and the last at least three years he was receding into Alzheimer’s…..that was sad, but he should not have been president.

    • 40 cookemom
      February 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      I agree carolyn, I still cant find one reason that he is considered a good president. He invited the religious RWNJs into the repub party, who are now known as the teabutts

      • 41 Sharon
        February 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm

        I quit the Republican party when he became president. His conservative policies indicated to me that he was not smart enough to be president. That is my general estimation of present conservative thought. I doubt that I will ever vote for another Republican.

        • 42 cookemom
          February 27, 2013 at 7:15 pm

          I just never understood his appeal. he was so divisive with the welfare queen stuff, and the like.

          • 43 jacquelineoboomer
            February 27, 2013 at 10:08 pm

            And, as one at the time, I can tell you that all federal workers who would admit it thought he hated all of us, and he showed it often, once he started to take down the Air Traffic Controllers and others. He had no use for the hundreds of thousands of Americans who worked to keep the federal government operational every day – and those of us who would admit it had no respect for him, whatsoever.

  17. 44 vitaminlover
    February 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Congressman Ellison was on Hannity’s and Fox News’ cases wasn’t he?

  18. 46 Bill R.
    February 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    • 47 Bill R.
      February 27, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      I remember when I was still in HS I had a friend who was active in voter registration in SNCC. He had in his hand a first hand report of the beating that John Lewis took on the Selma bridge with blood streaming down his face and a skull fracture. That’s what Scalia calls “Racial Entitlement” getting brutalized for asking for your right to vote, and the price that so many paid, including their lives, so that the Voting Rights Act could be passed. The reason the South is GOP today is because of the Voting Rights Act, as LBJ said when it passed. “Today we lost the South.” The GOP judges want us all to forget history past and present so they can act on behalf of their party masters to obstruct the right of all Americans to vote.

    • February 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      That’s just brilliant Bill, says it absolutely all. Thank you.

    • February 28, 2013 at 12:13 am

      Sorry, can’t retweet you. I’m blocked.

  19. February 27, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    This must be reconciled w/ ideoligical Governers, why would someone have to go to this extreme? Funding for ACA is going to be crucial.

  20. February 27, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    This seems IMPOSSIBLE

  21. February 27, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Good evening! Great remarks by our President at today’s unveiling. In reading through various articles about Scalia’s remarks, the reason they drew gasps was not just their … crudeness … but that he was also by them chucking out his own supposed judicial theories.

    It makes me incredibly glad that we re-elected President Obama, since any Supreme Court justices a Republican President might nominate would be as bad or worse than Scalia. We now have the opportunity to get a Court that isn’t so blatantly dogmatic right.

  22. February 27, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Join Organizing for Action staff, policy experts, and other supporters online at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time this Wednesday for a policy briefing.
    Email questions @barackobama.com with any questions you have during the livestream. http://www.barackobama.com/live-call/wednesday-policy-briefing

  23. February 27, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    • February 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks Bob, watching the video now, Rev Al is outstanding.

    • 64 Bill R.
      February 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

      I’m so glad the John Lewis called out this comment. He possess a moral authority that is head and shoulders above anyone else in the public square on this issue, in particular a whack job judge like Scalia.

  24. February 27, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    The Senate has confirmed Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary.

  25. February 27, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Senate confirmed Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary. Don’t know if that’s committee or full Senate.

  26. February 27, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Heads Up: President Obama delivers remarks at the Business Council dinner, 7:30 EST

    Streaming has started at:



  27. 76 Ladyhawke
    February 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm



    Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, 2/27/2013

    MR. CARNEY: The President spoke with leaders last week. And there have been discussions with —

    Q And it sounds like this is not a negotiation. You’re asking Republicans to come here to surrender.

    MR. CARNEY: No. We’re asking Republicans to compromise in the same way that the President has compromised, Major. As I just said, what represents compromise by Democrats? A willingness to go along with spending cuts that they don’t necessarily want to see, a willingness to go along with entitlement reforms that they don’t necessarily prefer? I think the answer you would have to that is yes. I think that’s the answer that we all recognize here is a reality in Washington. That’s what the President has put forward. He has put forward budget deficit reduction proposals that represent significantly greater deficit reduction through spending cuts and entitlement savings than through revenues. But he insists on balance.

    Q Why not today instead of Friday?

    MR. CARNEY: First of all, the President will be meeting with them Friday. He spoke with them last week. He spoke with them today on Capitol Hill. The Senate has still yet to vote — hopefully, will vote tomorrow on a proposal that achieves the kind of postponement of the sequester deadline that would allow Congress to move forward on balanced deficit reduction in a sensible, no drama fashion that would avoid these unnecessary impacts across the economy and the country. And hopefully, Republicans will change their minds about filibustering that, they will allow a majority of the Senate to pass a bill that would achieve that delay in a balanced way, move it to the House and perhaps — again, hope springs eternal — the Speaker of the House would allow that to come to a vote.

    Because I think there’s a very good chance that there’s a majority in the House of Representatives that would support a simple proposition, which is that we can postpone the deadline for the sequester in a balanced way just as Congress did in bipartisan fashion just two months ago. Why not do that, and then let Congress go about the business of working on further deficit reduction? We certainly hope they do.

    Thanks, guys.



    • 77 Ladyhawke
      February 27, 2013 at 7:28 pm

      Waiting for the Tantrum to End

      John Boehner has already told everyone, including Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, and Barack Obama, that his caucus isn’t going to budge on the Sequester until after it kicks in and starts causing real pain. He doesn’t have a strategy beyond that. Everyone knows that this is what he’s going to do, so anytime you see someone call for negotiations or compromise, they are either positioning themselves politically or they are actually referring to some time in the future, meaning March.

      When reporters call for negotiations or wonder why they aren’t occurring, they are either engaging in unprofessional partisanship or simply demonstrating they can’t understand their own beat. When partisans call for negotiations, they are either spinning the public or simply appealing for sanity.

      – See more at: http://www.boomantribune.com/story/2013/2/26/102132/388#sthash.cZsLGqjD.dpuf

    • 78 Ladyhawke
      February 27, 2013 at 7:31 pm

      Republican Plan B: let the lunatics have their tantrum

      By Smartypants


      So Plan B basically comes down to letting the lunatics in their caucus have their tantrum…and then caving. The truth is that as loud as the lunatics are, they don’t have a majority in the House. Despite partisan lines, the majority is now held by a coalition of Democrats and sane Republicans. Nothing is going to pass the House without that coalition’s support. And so we should all hold a funeral service for the Hastert Rule.

      When we apply Plan B to the sequester, we can see that what Speaker Boehner is doing right now is letting the lunatics have their tantrum. The question – as Jonathan Chait points out – is “then what?”



  28. 79 utaustinliberal
    February 27, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Bob Woodward is insane. In the morning he accuses Pres. Obama of being weak and not being more dictator like. Now he says the white house is threatening him. Someone needs his meds.

    • 80 dotster3
      February 27, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      He’s been driven insane by hate, driving himself nuts looking for a negative slant on all things Obama.

    • February 27, 2013 at 7:26 pm

      He’s completely lost it UT, I’d imagine he was shocked by being called out by so many for completely contradicting himself with that bullcrap the other day, this guy’s probably more used to being revered.

      • 82 cookemom
        February 27, 2013 at 7:44 pm

        He’s gotten away for so long on his Watergate reputation, he thinks he can just say any old thing. Teh pity is, he did get away with it by his peers failing to call him on his stuff or to challenge him. I guess he wrote one word too many. he should have left the field while he could still kick the ball, so to speak.

    • 83 anniebella
      February 27, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      OMG, so someone at the White House is threatening Bob Woodward. What with a drone or ak-47. You have to wonder about Woodward mental state. With all this President have going on running this country, he doesn’t have time to worry about Bob Woodward. It is clear Woodward want attention. So let Woodard name the person who threaten him, don’t pull some Ted Cruz, name the senior WH person.

  29. February 27, 2013 at 7:32 pm

  30. 87 cookemom
    February 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Well that didn’t work. Here’s what I was trying to post:

    ahem…..ahem….excuse me please. This is for the evening TOD crew. I posted it earlier for the afternoon shift. I’m asking a favor of all you TODdies to vote for my #2 daughter, Kelauni, in a contest sponsored by My Destinations, a travel company. She’s currently teaching English in Spain and this would be another great opportunity for her. To vote you must click on one of the icons in the ‘Vote For This Entry’ box next to her name. Also, if you don’t mind, please share with and ask your friends to vote for her as well. I really appreciate it. Thanks:


  31. 94 isonprize
    February 27, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Given all of the foolish that Antonin Scalia has spouted today, I feel the need to post this ‘oldie, but goodie’ from Jay Smooth’s Ill Doctrine.

    How To Tell People They Sound Racist

  32. February 27, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    I am not normaly a violent person but if I find this SOB in a dark alley…… Well I will leave it there.

  33. 99 susanne
    February 27, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    jonathan chait attempts to make sense of rethug insanity– conclusion being, yes, they’re driven by self interest and short sightedness.

    ‘ The mystery of John Boehner’s sequestration strategy — What are they thinking? How do they imagine it will work? — is slowly coming into focus. Viewed as a plan to accomplish some policy end, it makes no sense. But that doesn’t seem to be its main intent. Boehner’s plan seems mainly designed to keep John Boehner from losing his job. In that sense, and in that sense only, the logic holds.

    The first thing to understand is how crazy the Republican strategy is as a partywide approach. Sequestration is automatic cuts to spending, but only to the parts of the federal budget that Republicans hate the least. Their least favorite part of the federal budget — anti-poverty programs — is exempt. Their second least-favorite part — broad social insurance programs, meaning Medicare and Social Security — is also exempt. What’s being cut is discretionary government spending, which Republicans dislike in theory but not so much in practice, and defense, which they quite like. ‘

    – See more at: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/02/logic-of-boehners-crazy-sequester-strategy.html#sthash.IBD3B7MA.dpuf

  34. 101 dotster3
    February 27, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Don’t know if this has been mentioned here—-but just one little real life tidbit to refute the claim that all things are hunky-dory now, no longer a need for the Voting Rights Act——-I heard Krystal Ball report today on the town in Ms. with a white mayor and an all white town council who, noting that their town was now majority AA and that there were AA candidates running for office who were likely to be elected, decided to do the prudent thing and cancelled their election. Took care of that voting problem, lickety split. Scalia and Thomas and their gang on the Sup. Ct. are purposely blind (don’t care) to this kind of injustice/suppression that still occurs in many locations.

  35. 102 yardarm756
    February 27, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    We’re gonna hear it tomorrow from the media whiners. They didn’t get to hear the q and a.

    • February 27, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      I thought that this morning Yardarm when I saw the Q&A would be closed to the press – and if they were there all we’d get would be distortions, edited soundbites to fit their agenda, etc, etc, etc. Throw them out every time, that’s what I say!

  36. 104 mecasey2012
    February 27, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    Okay, just heard the President’s remarks to the business community and the feed went blank. As to what happened in the Supreme Court, if they do anything to strike Section 5 then would they turn to the clock back to when the women didn’t have the vote??

  37. 105 Jovie
    February 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) on Wednesday stood by her threat to put a hold on the nomination of President Obama’s pick to run the Interior Department.

    Murkowski has wielded that option in response to Interior’s preliminary indication that it would not approve a road in Alaska that project advocates say is needed to help an isolated Aleutian village reach an airport for medical evacuations.

    “A hold on a nomination is absolutely a tool. And you don’t want to threaten, but it sure has taken an awful lot to get the attention of the administration on this issue. We apparently now have their attention,” Murkowski told reporters Wednesday during a pen and pad briefing with residents of the town fighting for the road.

    Read more…


    Here we go again? Same playbook?
    Obstruct everything… Blowup the federal government so people don’t care about their benefits anymore.
    Battered wife syndrome!!

  38. February 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    So much going on today.. I often wonder how POTUS keeps going. I pray for him each morning and the last thing at night.

    • 107 jacquelineoboomer
      February 27, 2013 at 9:55 pm

      And I do, throughout the day! And we’ll have to keep that up, for four more years, that’s for sure.

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